Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

As part of our person-centred approach, we focus on the needs of the individual, ensuring their strengths and abilities are celebrated. We ensure a child and their families’ preferences, needs and values underpin the level of support, care, and guidance we provide. Our main aim is to help all children to thrive and reach their full potential.  

We have a dedicated SEN team. Led by Mrs Pip Handy who is supported by Miss Samantha Wells who are fully SENCO trained. Both staff members are trained to the highest standard to ensure effective SEND provision in our nursery.

Our SEND Policy is reviewed regularly, and is seen as a working document to ensure our SEND provision remains at the highest standard.

We use the Milestone Assessment Toolkit (MAT) to assess children which helps us to identify any areas of learning and development that may need additional support. This process also supports early intervention to ensure the best outcomes for all children.  

The nursery also uses a wide range of visual support, including visual timetables and Makaton as part of our universal provision.  

Talk Boost Programme

Our Talk Boost programme supports children’s language and communication skills. We have dedicated staff members who are trained in Talk Boost to deliver the programme to those children requiring additional support. Early Talk Boost (speechandlanguage.org.uk)   

Working with Outside Professionals

The SENCO team work collaboratively with outside professionals such as specialist teachers, equality and inclusion team, speech and language therapists, health visitors, and specialist settings to seek further advice and use their expertise to help support each individual child within out setting. 

Helping with Transitions

We ensure that any type of transition is well planned and supported, which is especially important for a child with SEND. The SEND team will be involved with the transition process to pass on information in relation to a child’s individual SEND needs to a new setting or school.

If you wish to discuss your child’s support programmes please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Nursery by email office@chiddingstonenursery.co.uk or by telephone 01892 871 315.

Useful Website and Additional Guidance

Children’s Therapies – The Pod | Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (kentcht.nhs.uk) – where you can view lots of films, resources, and links to help your child achieve their full potential.


Home | IASK – provide free, impartial and confidential information advice and support about special educational needs and disabilities for children and young people 25 and parents/carers.


Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – Kent County Council – all local authorities are required to publish information on the “local offer” about all SEND services, along with details of any eligibility for specialist services and a signpost to support for those who do not meet thresholds.


SEND: guide for parents and carers – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk)